“I hate you!”
Have those words ever come out of your mouth? If not, have you thought them? You more likely than not repented of saying those words to a person and probably didn’t think too much else on the matter.
1 John 3:15 – Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
The author wonders if this verse popped into a person’s mind after saying: “I hate you!” This is a difficult pill to swallow, even for the author. Sometimes Christians put levels on sin; for example, adultery and murder as worse sins than telling a lie. The issue with this view is that God considers sin sin. If one unbeliever only told a lie in his entire lifetime and another unbeliever only killed one person in his entire lifetime, neither would go into Heaven.
So, when the final part of the verse reads “no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him,” it is not stating that is you murder someone, you cannot go to Heaven. All people have the freedom to accept the free gift of God, to become a born-again believer. It is stating that if you hates someone, you are as bad as an unsaved murderer. Not something one probably thinks about minutes after letting those dangerous words slip. Take some time to think before you say these dangerous words again.